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Mars Phoenix Lander photos





The images below were returned from NASA's Mars Phoenix Lander following its successful landing in the northern polar region of Mars on May 25, 2008.

Mars Phoenix landscape
Polygonal cracks resemble a quilted pattern in the soil of Mars's northern plains.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona


Mars Phoenix color closeup
Detailed view of the surface Mars close to the Phoenix Lander.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona


possible patches of ice underneath the Phoenix Lander Mars Phoenix color closeup
The descent engine blew away soil on landing, possibly revealing ice.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona


Material from the martian surface captured by the Robotic Arm (RA) scoop during its first test dig and dump on the seventh martian day of the mission (June 1, 2008).
Material from the martian surface captured by the Robotic Arm (RA) scoop during its first test dig and dump on the seventh martian day of the mission (June 1, 2008). Scientists speculated that the white patches on the right side of the image could possibly be ice or salts that precipitated into the soil.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Max Planck Institute


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